Salads should never be boring and this Roast Pumpkin and Chickpea Salad is anything but!
This salad was a total fluke. I became obsessed with putting roast pumpkin in salads after creating my Pumpkin, Haloumi & Avocado Salad, but wanted to branch out and try some new flavours. I also had an unopened pack of quinoa that I'd been promising myself I'd experiment with and some unused feta cheese from my Greek Salad so I thought I'd try my hand at mixing them all together. Well, the result was delicious. So delicious in fact that I ate it for lunch every day for 4 days.
The crispy roasted chickpeas add a nice crunch to the salad, while the lettuce and tomatoes bulk it up a bit and add to the nutrients. Not that it needed any more - this Roasted Pumpkin and Chickpea salad really packs a healthy punch.
By the way – if you are like me and are only making one portion at a time (Adam’s not quite as much of a salad fan as me), you can easily store the leftover roast pumpkin and chickpeas in airtight containers, and just reheat in the oven for 5-10 minutes when you want to use again. Roasted chickpeas tend to lose their crisp once stored so adding them back into the oven will crisp them up again. Don’t worry if you aren’t near an oven – roast pumpkin microwaves beautifully and you can always just use the chickpeas as is! Both will keep for a week, making this salad perfect for a quick and easy meal prep.
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Roasted Pumpkin and Chickpea Salad
This Roasted Pumpkin and Chickpea Salad with Feta and Quinoa makes a great lunch.
- 400 g / 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained
- ¼ kent or jap pumpkin, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup quinoa
- Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. paprika
- ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Handful of mixed lettuce or rocket / arugula
- 100 g / 3 oz feta
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, EVOO
- Preheat oven to 180C
- Add chopped pumpkin on a tray, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mix with hands to coat. Separate back out and bake for 20-30 minutes until browned, flipping once half way through.
- Place drained chickpeas on paper towel and pat down to dry. Line a baking tray with baking paper and spread chickpeas on top. Coat in 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and mix together to combine completely. If skins come off, throw them away, but don’t be too concerned if they don’t
- Add chickpeas into oven and cook for 20 minutes, shaking the pan every 5 minutes to ensure they cook evenly and don’t burn.
- Place 1 cup of quinoa, rinsed, in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring to boil, then cover and reduce to simmer, cooking until the water is fully absorbed.
- Put lettuce onto plate and drizzle lightly with EVOO and season lightly with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, chickpeas, quinoa, red onion and feta on top and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 520Saturated Fat: 5gCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 12gSugar: 7gProtein: 19g
- Store leftover roast pumpkin in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- Store leftover roasted chickpeas in an airtight container in the panty for up to 1 week.
- If roasted chickpeas lose their crunch after cooking, place in oven for 5 minutes when you want to use again.
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Anna nuttall says
Oooh this l look interesting. Never thought to add pumpkin with chickpea for a salad. I should try this out. xx
This salad looks delicious! I love chickpeas!
David Elliott says
I am curious about how that pumpkin would taste in the salad. I am sure that it would add some different flavor there. And I can imagine it would go well with the chickpeas.
I can't stop putting roast pumpkin in my salads! So good
Jake Ferrer says
Oh this looks so delicious! I think i should try this on tomorrow.
It sounds like a great recipe to make. And for me, I could also use bulk chickpeas (cooking them, of course) instead of canned ones 🙂
Of course you could!
Angela Ricardo Bethea says
That roast pumpkin chickpea salad looks delicious. I'm always up for a good salad.
I've never thought about adding roasted pumpkin to a salad but I bet it is delicious. Plus, anything with chickpeas is a win for me. I'm pinning this for later.
Awesome 🙂 Hope you enjoy x
Love this looks healthy and delicious
Thanks Ashley 🙂
Wow this looks so good! I love chickpeas and I bet this would be right up my alley! I can't wait to try it!
Awesome - can't wait to hear how you like it!
Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com says
This salad looks so healthy & delicious! I can not wait to try it!!
Awesome Angela! I really hope you enjoy it!
Cassie Tucker says
This is a great mix of ingredients for a salad. I especially love the use of chickpeas. I surprisingly haven't tried that yet.
Ooooh Cassie you'll have to let me know what you think!
I’m really trying hard to eat healthier at the moment and Ive been loving salads. however, they can sometimes get boring. This one looks fab and offers something different!
Awesome Jean! I can't stand boring salads - have to mix it up!
We eat mostly meat free in our house these days, so this is right up my alley! It looks SO delish!
Awesome Kristin! Enjoy!
This looks wonderful. I love the option of extending pumpkin yumminess this month because it's definitely a flavor I want more of!
Awesome Heather - I can't get enough!
Jessica T says
This looks delicious. I am going to have to try making this asap. I love Chickpeas.
jill conyers says
This sounds [and looks] delicious. I love the chickpea and pumpkin flavor combo.
Stephanie Pass says
In the last year or so I have discovered how much I love roasted veggies. So I cannot wait to try roasted pumpkin. This is so colorful!
Roasted veggies are where it's at!
AnnMarie John says
I love pumpkin and I'd use it as much as I can this season! Lol. This salad looks really yummy! I'd love to keep the recipe.
Thanks AnnMarie 🙂
that is so mouth watering! I would love to eat it!
Thanks Marie 🙂
Cindy Ingalls says
This is a very unique recipe. I've used roasted pumpkin seeds in my salad but never actual pumpkin. Can't wait to give it a try. It sounds so delicious.
Really Cindy! You have to try it now 🙂
I love it! All the colours are so lovely. I would love to give it a try looks so good!
Thanks Jeanine 🙂
Kimberly Lewis says
Oh my! This looks so good! I have fallen in love with anything that has pumpkin in it lately!
This is such a different looking salad. I would have never thought of putting roasted pumpkin on a salad.
You need to try it Rachel - soo good!
What a delicious looking salad, Cassie! Good call on mixing all of the ingredients together, that is one thing I love about salads: most of the times you can get away with experimentation! I haven't tried quinoa yet (can you believe it), too scared to cheat on my couscous!
See I don't use couscous very much! But I want to try it more!
Loving this salad, we definitely trying it and referring our users. Thanks so much for sharing this cool recipe
Thanks so much 🙂
Terri Steffes says
This looks crazy awesome. I cannot wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!
Never thought pumpkin can be used in a salad. This is a salad I would try out. Looks yummy.
It is so good in salad!
What a unique salad! It looks delicious! I love the idea of using roast pumpkin!
It's so good!
Jessica Joachim says
I love pumpkin, and normally I see it in sweet dishes, so I am loving seeing it in more savory dishes. I will have to try this salad out very soon
Awesome Jess! Hope you enjoy!
Restless Heart Blog says
Finally a salad I won't be hungry after eating it 😀 😀 chickpeas does wonder!
Selam Ahmed says
as a Chick Pea lover i CANNOT wait to try this, thanks for the detailed directions 🙂
Chickpeas are the best!
Hirra Pervaiz says
I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin but this roasted pumpkin with chickpea salad sounds delicious and looks amazing too!
Mayuri Saxena says
OMG! This looks so deeeeee-licious and healthy. I will definitely try this recipe... 🙂
This looks amazing!
Aryanne Padilha says
YUMMY yummy in my tummy. This looks delicious and I it's super easy to make!! Thank you!!
Thanks! I hope you enjoy!
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
This is my kind of salad! I would eat this every single day!
Oh, we have a little pumpkin leftover and were trying to decide what to do with it. This looks delicious!
Awesome - let me know how you go!
Amber Nelson says
That salad looks perfect! i would love to try this, especially since I am such a big fan of pumpkin.
I love my pumpkin!
Get in my belly! It's lunch time here in Aus & this is giving me serious food envy! The pumkin, Haloumi & avo salad sounds amazing also
That other one is my dinner tonight!
Karen Morse says
I love learning and trying out difference salad recipes. I think this is something that I'd enjoy! It looks so good!
Awesome Karen 🙂
This looks absolutely delicious! I love eating a healthy salad at least once a week and I am all for anything with pumpkin. Definitely saving!
Awesome Krysti! Let me know when you get to try it!
Krystal Butherus says
Now this is a cool salad idea! I'm a big fan of chickpeas, and adding roasted pumpkin just turned it up a notch!
It's so good!
I love chickpeas ! This salad looks delicious, I'm going to save the recipe so I can make it!
Awesome! I hope you enjoy!
Melissa Chapman says
That salad has such unique flavors. I love chick peas but the pumpkin is something I never cook with. Adding quinoa gives it a great texture too.
Roast pumpkin is our staple haha! The quinoa is definitely good for bulking it up a bit
Okay, I HAD to pin this, it looks to amazing not to share. I love pumpkin and chickpeas, but I've never tried them together, so I'm intrigued. Thank you for sharing your recipe. 🙂
Thanks lovely - hope you enjoy!
Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says
This is so perfect after all the heavy eating most of us did for Thanksgiving, and over the weekend.
I can imagine it would have been a weekend full of deliciousness!
Susan Minich says
This looks so amazing! I've never put pumpkin on salads before!!! It is perfect for fall here 🙂
What!! you are the queen of putting everything in your salads! Get on it!
Rebecca Bryant says
Oh wow, this looks amazing. I admit I have never had roasted pumpkin so I am excited to try this out.
No way! You have to try it!
Princy Khurana says
this looks so good and delicious. thanks for the share
robin rue says
I think chickpeas are so under-rated. I love them!! This salad sounds awesome and I can't wait to make one.
I love roasting them so much!
Reshama Deshmukh says
I love both chickpeas and pumpkin. So yes I did go ahead an pin this one (lol) It not only looks delicious but love that the flavors of the spices combined. I can almost feel the crunch of the chickpeas and the softness of the pumpkin at the same time! I am SO trying this out 🙂
Thanks Reshama! I really hope you enjoy!
Ooo I can’t say that I’ve used chickpeas much before, but I like the sound of adding a crunch to my salad!
Laura || http://www.thelifeoflaura.com.au
They are so tasty!